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Fashion trends to beat the chill

English art historian Horace Walpole once expressed, “It is charming to totter into vogue.” With winter around the corner, the fashion brigade of HT City toured various campuses of Ludhiana to check out what’s in vogue for youth when it comes to winter fashion.

punjab Updated: Dec 16, 2014 17:15 IST
Rameshinder Sidhu
Rameshinder Sidhu
Hindustan Times

English art historian Horace Walpole once expressed, “It is charming to totter into vogue.” With winter around the corner, the fashion brigade of HT City toured various campuses of Ludhiana to check out what’s in vogue for youth when it comes to winter fashion.

Each group of institutions chose their favourite theme for winter wear and took us on a vibrant winter fashion journey. Let us discover their fashion statements in their very own words!

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU)

Funky mufflers:
For the young dudes at GADVASU, trendy mufflers add charm to their personality and offer many uses.

“I have a huge collection of mufflers that I wear in creative styles, from making a cross knot to simply rolling it around my neck,” shares Akashdeep Singh Beniwal.

Randeep Singh Khehra and Neeraj Chaudhary add, “We wear mufflers even during formal occasions. Rather than wearing a neck tie, we prefer mufflers with their ends covered under the blazer. This trend saves us from the winter chill, especially during late evenings.”

Gurloveleen Singh and Gurpreet Singh Brar share some more benefits of the humble muffler. “The best part about mufflers is that they suit both young and old and can be worn by men and women. There are no rules, but one can choose a colour contrasting with the outfit. Extremely bright colours should be avoided.”

Popular styles:
Single knot, cross knot or just wrap it around your neck

Colours: Dark colours blend well but should be contrasted with the outfit; avoid very bright colours

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU)

Trendy Jackets: Whether they are with or without sleeves, light or fluffy; simple designs and plain colours make jackets a popular choice here.

“Jackets make us look stylish and complete our wardrobe. There are various ways to don a jacket too. While some like their jackets zipped up, many keep them partially open to draw attention to their T-shirts,” says Ravinder Singh Panag.

Jatinder Dhillon chips in, “While shopping for winters, I make it a point to buy leather jackets as they fit well compared to other varieties. No prizes for guessing then why our film stars can be seen donning them in various films and commercials.”

Gurpinder Singh Sangha and Sakee Gill share their style quotient about jackets. “Avoid Nehru style or long coats and jackets on campus as they are best suited for formal parties. With half sleeve jackets, shirts look better while with T-shirts, full sleeve jackets look perfect. Most importantly, buy jackets with standing collars,” they rattle off.

Gurjeet Singh too has his opinion to share. “While buying jackets, we should ensure they are warm and comfortable, rather than just focusing on style. If you check my jackets, you will notice both style and warmth. I also have many reversible jackets which add variety to my collection,” said Singh.

Smart Tip: Buy jackets that fit well and are not too long. Avoid over-the-top fancy stuff.

Popular choices: Leather jackets; Nehru jackets or long coats, best suited for parties

Preferred accessories: Shades and watches

Ramgarhia Girls College (RGC)

Calf-length boots: It is impossible to be well dressed in cheap shoes is what the girls here made clear. Swearing by their calf-length boots, Saguna and Kamalpreet Kaur say, “We feel boots are the best bet to save our feet from the cold. As trousers can be tucked into the shoes, there is no way for the chill to enter, ensuring complete warmth.”

Simranjeet Kaur, who calls herself a sohni mutiyar, says her boots have always won her compliments from friends. “In the past few years, these shoes have become hugely popular. After all, they are trendy and make us look smart,” she says.

Kangan Sood recommends shoes that match the outfit while many vouch for a contrasting colour.

Best suited with: Jeans, cotton trousers, skirts; jeans and trousers can be tucked into the shoes

Useful Tip: Comfort level of shoes is equally vital; leather shoes are warmer than other kinds
Government College for Girls (GCG)

Colourful hand-knit sweaters: You may wear branded sweaters or jackets to beat the chill but hand-knit sweaters, made by our mothers and grandmothers, offer a special warmth. This is what girls at GCG, who proudly wear hand-knit sweaters, feel.

“With changing times, most of us have lost interest in hand-knit sweaters as we feel they are outdated and too simple. But I love them as they are a constant reminder of the love that has been put into creating them,” said Palak, proudly showing the sweater her mother knitted for her.

Manpreet Kaur and Kirti Sharma, who were wearing their grandmothers’ creations, said the sweaters reflected not only simplicity but also culture and tradition.

“What makes our sweaters special is that they are knitted by our grandmothers. They ask us about our preferred designs and colours, but we give them absolute creative freedom,” say the girls.

Harleen Kaur says the sweaters let them flaunt their favourite designs. “My aunt has made many sweaters for me. We both discuss designs which may not even be available in the market. That is why my sweaters always draw a crowd,” laughs Kaur, while Saloni adds, “You can wear these sweaters with anything as they complement both jeans and Punjabi suits. I have also heard that foreigners, especially Europeans, love hand-knit work.”

Best bet: Create your own designs in your favourite colours; made with love, they are warmer than regular woollens

Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE)

Printed stoles: Foreign girl students voted shawls and stoles as their pick of the season. During summers, their love for Punjabi suits had become well known in the city and now, it is their fascination for shawls and stoles, which most of them buy from the local Ghumar Mandi market, which is gaining popularity.

Princia Nganga and Lisa Samba from the Republic of Congo say, “Ever since we landed in India, we were captivated with the rich variety in Indian fashion. It is not just shawls that enthralled us but also sarees, Punjabi suits and lehengas,” they say.

“We bought the stoles well in advance and whenever we wear them, we feel not only warm but also a tad bit Indian,” says the duo.

Angola-based Bevania Martins spoke about how girls loved sporting stoles and shawls on campus. “Some mainly cover their heads while some use it as a scarf. During early mornings and late evening, every girl can be seen wrapping a stole around her,” said Martins.

So what is the best way to wear a stole? Tshering Yangden and Karma Choki from Bhutan jump in to clear our doubts. “Matching colours are not a must for us. It is all about our love for vibrant hues and varied designs. One of our African friends recently bought a shawl that has digital prints of Indian religious symbols. Isn’t that interesting?” they ask.

Anna Castillo from Colombia concludes by saying that she, along with many of her friends, has already planned to buy different varieties of shawls to gift to her loved ones back home.

Popular Colours: Experimenting with colours is the trend but preferred colours are red, pink and black

Designs: Digital prints on various themes

First Published: Dec 16, 2014 17:10 IST